Direct Support Professional - Community Supports

Various Locations - Part Time

Job Description

The part time Direct Support Professional for the Community Supports Program is responsible for providing habilitation services and supports to an assigned caseload of individuals (children and/or adults) with intellectual disabilities.  An important aspect of the work involves providing direct and continuous contact in the individual’s personal living setting with the necessary training, supervision, and structure to facilitate their development and growth toward independence.

General Work Principles

  • Adhere to Normalization philosophy in carrying out all duties.
  • Exercise common sense and good judgment in all decision making and contact supervisory staff for direction when necessary or required.
  • Respect individual’s rights.  Honor rights to privacy and confidentiality in all dealings related to the individuals receiving services.
  • Address, treat, and interact with individuals in a dignified manner at all times.
  • Promote a trusting relationship when working with families.
  • Abide by the informal rules established by parents when working within their homes.
  • Act as an appropriate role model and present an acceptable appearance and image when in public representing the agency.
  • Avoid allowing personal beliefs and values to influence dealings with individuals receiving services.
  • Promptly report any actual or suspected incidents of individual abuse.

Essential Functions

  • Assist in completing an assessment on each individual.
  • Participate in the annual Individual Support Plan (ISP) meetings.  Be fully familiar with each individual’s current plan.
  • Participate in meetings with the Residential Services Program Specialist, Assistant Vice President of
  • Programs and Services, BSU staff, families, the individuals, and other interested parties when necessary. 
  • Develop strategies for helping individuals achieve their goals.
  • Arrange to make as many contacts with each individual as necessary.  During these contacts, carry out daily living activities consistent with individual’s level of functioning and current ISP.

Specific Duties

  • Ensure the safety of the individual at all times.
  • Provide assistance to Residential Services individuals as necessary, in any of the following areas:  Self-help skills, personal hygiene, communication skills, daily living skills, fine and gross motor skills, sensory stimulation, socialization, recreation, money management; and other areas where assistance is needed.
  • Assist Residential Services individuals in locating, renting, and moving into an apartment of their choice, when necessary.
  • Assist the Residential Services individual in obtaining necessary furnishings and in arranging for utility hook-ups and billings, when necessary.
  • Assist the Residential Services individual in arranging for necessary appointments (medical, dental, County Board of Assistance, Social Security, etc.), and transportation to appointments, when necessary.
  • Introduce Residential Services individuals to generic services available in the community and encourage their use.
  • Encourage and enhance individualized community connections to achieve full integration and participation in the community.
  • Work with other specialized support services or agencies which have a direct relationship with the individuals and/or families.


High school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate.  Experience in human services is preferred, or an equivalent combination of experience and training is acceptable.


EO M/F/Disability/Vet Employer